Top Nigerian Actors 2022 you never expected

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Top Nigerian actors 2022

You’d agree with me that the Nollywood industry has outdone itself over the years. Both male and female actors have proven themselves over and over again.

Some have even dared to go toe-to-toe with some foreign icons in the Hollywood industry. While others have gotten accolades as a result of such collaborations.

Movies like Half Shot of a Yellow Sun, Brave Heart, and Even Chief Daddy have been ranked among some of such collaborations.

It is the synergy between both these actors and the movies they’ve acted in that have made the Nollywood industry to be ranked second in the world.

This article is not the first of its kind because if you search out this topic you’re bound to see a lot of write-ups.

But a lot of those articles judge based on the financial net worth of the actor. There is little or no attention given to his acting skills or international reputation.

Unlike most articles out there, we are going to base our list on the international performance of these top Nigerian actors 2022.


In no particular order, here are the names of top Nigerian actors 2022. Men who have distinguished themselves on the international scene as well as the local front.

Remember, you don’t need to like any of them to appreciate them. It could have been anyone really but these guys made the cut.

  • David Oyelowo
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Top Nigerian actors 2022

Top Nigerian actors 2022


Born to Nigerian parents, his father is from Oyo state and his mother from Edo state. They both lived in Oxfordshire, England at the time David was born.

David stayed in Nigeria from age 6  to 14, where he attended Lagos state model college, Meiran.

He has featured in a lot of movies namely amongst which are:

  • Joseph Asagai in a Raisin in the Sun (2008)
  • Steven Jacobs in Rise of the Planets of the Apes (2011)
  • Duane in 96 Minutes (2011)
  • Yardley Acheman in the Paperboy (2012)
  • Brian in Middle of Nowhere (2012)
  • Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013)
  • Peter Snowden in Nightingale (2014)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma (2014)
  • The It in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  • Amos Boone in The Water Man (2020)
  • Nigel Basil-Jones in Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)

His net worth is $6 million.

Top Nigerian actors 2022

Top Nigerian actors 2022


Born in London to a middle-class couple of Igbo descent, this is a Nigerian that is really representing us internationally.

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A scar on his face tells the story of his father’s demise due to a car accident when his family visited Nigeria in 1988.

Among the movies he has featured in, these are worth noting:

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  • Detective Bill Mitchell in Inside Man (2006), Directed by Spike Lee
  • Thabo Mbeki in Endgame (2009), Directed by Pete Travis
  • Darryl Peabody in Salt (2010), Directed by Phillip Noyce
  • Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Directed by Steve McQueen
  • Odenigbo in Half of a Yellow Sun (2013), Directed by Biyi Bandele
  • Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016), Directed by Scott Derrickson
  • Trywell Kamkwamba in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019), which he Directed himself
  • Scar (voice) in The Lion King (2019), Directed by Jon Favreau
  • Copley in The Old Guard (2020), Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Bathurst 2020 in Infinite (2021), Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

His net worth is $16 million.

Top Nigerian actors 2022

Top Nigerian actors 2022


Born in Islington, London to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin who were just students in the UK at that time.

They eventually gave him up to a white working-class family when he was just six weeks old.

His foster father was just a lorry driver and struggled to support the family which included 10 other African children.

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He was a subject of constant racial abuse as he grew up and he eventually attempted suicide at age 16.

He is famous for his roles in the following movies:

  • Hitu in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) directed by Steve Oedekerk
  • Luther in Legionnaire (1998) directed by Peter MacDonald
  • Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns (2001) directed by Stephen Sommers
  • Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity (2002) directed by Doug Liman
  • Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) directed by Stephen Sommers
  • The Evangelist in Faster (2010) directed by George Tillman Jr.
  • Algrim the Strong / Kurse in Thor: The Dark World (2013) directed by Alan Taylor
  • Atticus in Pompeii (2014) directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Nash in Annie (2014) directed by Will Gluck
  • Bilal (voice) in Bilal (2016) directed by Khurram Alavi
  • Waylon Jones / Killer Croc in Suicide Squad (2016) directed by David Ayer
  • Femi in Farming (2018) which he directed himself

His net worth is $3 million.

Top Nigerian actors 2022

Top Nigerian actors 2022


Born into a Yoruba family of six children, Akinnagbe was raised in silver spring, Maryland.

He is the first in his family to be born in the united states and the popular rapper Wale is his cousin.

He graduated in 2000 from Bucknell University with a degree in political science and English.

The following roles are the ones he’s known for:

  • Jimmy in The Savages (2007)
  • Wallace in The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
  • Cabal in Red & Blue Marbles (2011)
  • Butcher in Fort Bliss (2014)
  • Langston in Knucklehead (2015)
  • Agent Travis in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
  • Aubrey Pollard Sr. in Detroit (2017)
  • Samuelson in All the Devil’s Men (2018)
  • Samuel Kingsley in The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
  • Deacon in 16 Bars (2020)
  • Dave Freedland in Passing (2021)

His net worth is $1 million

Top Nigerian actors 2022

Top Nigerian actors 2022


Not much is said about his early life apart from the fact that he was born in Lagos and spent some years there. He relocated to London with his family where he began to explore his passion for theatre art.

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The following are some of his works as an actor:

  • Femi in God Is African (2003)
  • Georges Rutaganda in Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Runson in Slipstream (2005)
  • Jomo in The Librarian (2006)
  • Erasmus in The Front Line (2006)
  • Captain Jocard in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
  • Nigerian Businessman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • Awolowa Odusami in The Fourth Kind (2009)
  • Captain Jack Tobamke in Darfur (2009)
  • Odeh in Inale (2010)
  • Dede in Black Gold (2011)
  • Ade in Man on Ground (2011)
  • Dede in Black November (2012)
  • Adesola in Last Flight to Abuja (2012)
  • Captain DUTSE in Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
  • Terry in Black Beauty (2020)
  • Willie in The Shuroo Process (2021)
  • Admiral Wilcox in Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

His net worth is $2 million.

Other top Nigerian actors 2022 in this category include NONSO ANOZIE, ADETOMIWA EDUN, DAYO OKENIYI, and many more.

We also have some top Nigerian actors 2022 in the local industry that is both new and fast-rising.

Some of which are Ray Emodi, Alex Ekubo, Uzor Arukwe, Gabriel Afolayan, Eso Dike, Alvin Abayomi, Stan Nze, Kachi Nnochiri, and so on.

They may not be your regulars but trust me, they’re revolutionary.



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